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Board discusses search for superintendent

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Clay Community School Corporation school board met Thursday evening to discuss motions suggested from the last meeting.

During the patron comments, resident Jenny Moore attempted to persuade the school board to "cast their fishing nets farther" when concerning hiring the next superintendent.

"If we limit our search to only those within the corporation we are only choosing from a very small pool of applicants. It is imperative that we hire the best person available for any position in the corporation, and if those from within want to apply, let them be compared to the best we can find," said Moore.

Board member Forrest Buell disagreed with Moore. Buell said he thought the school board should choose an individual from within the corporation because students, parents and teachers would already know and respect the individual. He added the person chosen would have the best idea about the current issues and needs for Clay County School system.

Board member Amy Burke Adams proposed using Indiana State University's Educational Leadership Administration Program Administrator, Dr. Robert Boyd to assist the board in its search for the new superintendent.

"Dr. Boyd and his team will verify the validity of the applicants' superintendent licenses and generate a pool of qualified candidates," Adams said.

The board voted in favor of this motion, and the new superintendent will be in place by July 1, 2011.

Board member Tina Heffner had made a request requiring all athletic coaches and volunteers to be at least 21 years of age, to which patrons and other board members debated. There was no vote taken on this issue and everyone agreed the school corporation didn't want to lose quality volunteers because of an age restriction. The debate centered on the argument that the corporation could have a mature 19-year-old volunteer who was an asset, just as a 25-year-old volunteer who was immature.

The citizens and board members all agreed they didn't want a decision such as this to negatively affect the school bands, as many band volunteers are under this age limit.

The main concerns were mixed gender interactions and volunteer maturity levels.

Northview High School Principal Tim Rayle said he knew of three previous situations mixed gender interactions and volunteer maturity level were issues, but urged board members to let school officials have the freedom to judge for themselves on a case by case basis.

"Our principals are pretty vigilant to be able to make decisions about the volunteers. You should have confidence in us to make those decisions," Rayle said.

Board members also congratulated Staunton Elementary for being honored as a Four Star educational facility.

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Just wish more people were there as I am just one voice. I think more would listen if the same opinion came from more people. I had hoped the would advertise nationally in professional journal but seems we are still limited to candidates from within the state of Indiana...Does no one realize that education is something all the other states do as well?? Maybe a good thing to try something a little different so we might rise in rankings??

As to the coach situation. I think this can be solved by requiring HEAD coaches to be 21 years old at minimum instead of just suggesting that they be as indicated in athletic handbook. the head coach sets the tone just as the band directors set the tone. volunteer coaches work under the head coaches/directors and can be "coached" themselves if they start to head down the wrong path with the students. I wanted to suggest this at the meeting but patrons aren't allowed to make comments during the discussion.

This policy MAY be able to be extended to paid assistant coaches as well..I don't know what the exact arrangement is now in various extracurricular groups...Maybe just allow volunteer coaches to be under 21??? May not work. don't know. I DO know that hiring a head coach for a sport [even one of like gender to team members] has not worked as they play into the high school cliques, wanting to be popular more than mentor like. My kids have experienced it first hand. IT is NOT acceptable for a coach to be inviting team members to college parties etc. Now does that mean that ALL young coaches are immature? No, but it is a safeguard we can put into place. It's pretty obvious that maturity level of most college students increases drastically between their freshman and senior years.

I am hoping that Jessica reports on some of the other meeting topics at later date as those quite eye opening as well...Welcome Jessica. You provide an important service as hardly ANYONE goes to school board meetings. If you don't report it, no one knows some of what goes on in schools....

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Mar 14, 2011, at 8:09 AM

One of the things that happened shortly after Dr. Tony Bennett became the Superintendent of Public Instruction was a change in the requirement for a school corporation superintendent to have a background or education in school administration. I'm hoping that Dr. Boyd's team is aware of that and does not fail to recommend candidates who have been highly successful in other fields as education may benefit from different leadership perspectives that people who are not from the education field may bring to it.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Mon, Mar 14, 2011, at 10:34 AM

The opening SHOULD be published as widely as possible to form the largest pool of applicants.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 9:20 AM

Southworth, you need to get a life!

-- Posted by Diana on Thu, Mar 17, 2011, at 5:13 PM

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